Just when it needed some momentum and confidence, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team instead had to face two state-ranked opponents in a 48-hour span, and were unable to win on either occasion.
The Bees, who saw its game against Penn Yan wiped out by last Tuesday's massive rainstorm, visited Liverpool (now coached by former Bees star Mike Felice) on Thursday night and fell to the no. 13-ranked Warriors 13-4.
All through the evening, B'ville's attack sputtered as Liverpool used its variety of defenses to frustrate the visitors. The Bees had just one goal in each period.
Joe Delia, Parker Ferrigan, Casey Colligan and Patrick Colligan managed those goals, but it was far from enough. Ferrigan, before turning to the attack, made 13 saves. Liverpool's Joe Corapi outscored the Bees by himself, finding the
net five times as teammate Matt Savlov added three goals.
Then came Saturday's trip to Fayetteville-Manlius, where the Bees played better on the defensive side, but still lost a 9-6 decision to the Hornets because of one big surge.
B'ville battled its way to a 2-1 lead through one period. F-M would erase it, though, and make the game's decisive move by outscoring the Bees 5-2 in the second period.
Again, B'ville paid for not having a single go-to-player. No one scored twice as Delia, Kyle Koelsch, Will Rumble, Casey Colligan, Ben Paprocki and Luke Evans got one goal apiece. Koelsch and Rumble added assists. Ari Waffle led F-M with four goals and one assist.
Having fallen to 4-6 on the season, B'ville still had to make sure it could get a Class A playoff berth, so games against Henninger and Nottingham this week were crucial in that quest.